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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas OTHER OPINION This editorial was published in the Amarillo Globe-News on July 13 41 Friday, July 15, 2011 | herald-zeitung.COMOPINION Space adventure should not end n a few days, a sleek winged ship will drop out of the sky after spending nearly two weeks in space. It will glide to a runway most iikely in Florida And an era of space travel will come to an end as the space shuttle Atlantis coasts to a stop This must not signal the end of the U S space faring mission Thousands of dedicated NASA employees based in Florida. Alabama and yes. in Texas, are going to lose their jobs eventually as the government pulls the shades down __ on the space program as we've come to know it But what's next^ President Obama hasn't set a clear goal for Americans to achieve. Looking back a half-century, another young pfesident -- John F Kennedy — declared it to be the U S mission to "put a man on the moon and return him safely to the Earth " We accomplished that mission in the face of intense competition from tfie Soviet Union, which had been the first to launch a satellite, the first to put humans into space and was threatening this nation's technical superiority But space travel became "routine" in the eyes of many Americans, although it never was anything of the sort Indeed the world witnessed tragedy up close with three horrific U S space tragedies the January 1967 Apollo I fire the January 1986 shuttle Challenger expio' Sion and the February 2003 shuttle Columbia disintegration wt-iicfi hlled the crew commanded by AmariHo's Rick Husband. And tfie Soviet Union had its share of heartache as well, with one cosmonaut dying when his capsule crashed landed and three others suffocating when their cabin lost pressure Despite those tragedies the U S space program soldiered on through 135 shuttle missions, the final of which will end with Atlantis' planned landing " The United States cannot afford to abdicate its leadership (ole in space." said U S Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas "when our innovation and accomplishments have brought so much to the American economy, nation al security and the quality of life for all mankind." The International Space Station will keep orbiting the planet The Russians will provide launch vehicles to take astronauts to the ISS. with Americans hitching a ride from time to time Honestly, it's difficult to imagine how President Kennedy would react to such an event were he around to watch tfie final shuttle mission touch down But tfie end of the shuttle program must not signal the end of our journey into space HERALO-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD Publif h«r and Editor Doug Toney Mwijtng EMar Autumn    Otulttion Ow«cto( Mi fowt*r AM Mwiomi Itfitoi Shfwn IrwJ    Copy »(Wo> Kit« Thomii ioDW i\ msToio Ttie Ass'k lated Piftss Today is Friday, July 15, the l%th day of 2011. On July 15,1971, President Richard Nixon delivered a televised address in which he startled viewers by announcing that he had received, and accepted, an invitation to visit the People s Republic of China In 1870, Georgia became the last Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union Manitoba entered confederation as the fifth Canadian province In 1910, the term "AUheimer's disease" was used in the book Clinical Psychiatry" by German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin in honor of his colleague, Alois Alzheimer, who'd identified the condition In 1916, Boeing Co , originally known as Pacific Aero Products Co, was founded in Seattle In 1918, the Second Battle of the Marne, resulting in an Allied victory, began during World War I In 1948, President Harry S Truman was nominated for another term of office by the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia,. In 1964, Sen Barry M Goldwater of Arizona was nominated for president by the Republican national convention m San Francisco. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter delivered his "malaise" speech in which he lamented what he called a "crisis of confidence" in America In 1985, a shockingly gaunt-looking Rock Hudson appeared at a news conference with actress Doris Day (it was later revealed Hudson was suffering from AIDS). u s PRESIDENT Barack Obama 16CKJ Pennsylvania Avt, NW Wa$ti(frtj.lon, D C ?ObOO U S SENATE Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate üftite Buildiity RoOiri ?B4 WashiiKjtofi, D C ^0610 PCP lelepltone (202) 224 M?2 ^ Fax (2021224 0//6 Web itttp //hutchisoii seriate gov (Send e iiiails thtoiigli Web site I San Antonio office 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Teiepfione (210) 340 2885 fax (210)349 6753 John Cornyn flüsseíl Senate Hart Room 511 Washington, D C. 20510 * rJ lelepbone: (2Ó2) 224 2934 Fax (202) 228;2856 Web http //cpnivn senate gov (Send e inails, tfiroiigft Web site) Austin office 221 West Sixth St, Suite 1530 Austin, TX 78701 Telephone (5121469 6034 Fax (512)469 6020 LETTERS POUCY The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columns of up to 500 words. Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reject all submissioris. All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can he confirmed Submit letters •    By e-mail to; [email protected] •    Online at: •    By mail to; Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung PO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78130 •Byfax; (830)606 3413 •    In person; 707 Landa St And now a word about Rupert Murdoch So here's the synopsis of my fofthcoming expose emulating Evelyn Waugh's novel "Scoop " I conceived it during an email exchange with a French friend who’s an expert on the British satirist. The working title is "Scantily Clad " A tabloid newspaper hires buxom ladies to "have it off," as the Bnts say, with politicians, celebnties. members of the royal family and the Manchester United Football Club Once done editors hire a hitman to kill them off. and a psychic to help Scotland Yard imd the bodies — preferably naked in luxury hotel suites or stately country homes with riding stables and formal gardens Is there a serial killer among the aristocrats^ Millions of yobbos (working class folks) demand to know inter an intrepid French politician with a hyphenat ed name to expose the plot by exposing himself to a buxom hotel maid dispatched by The Daily Wank to seduce him OK that's enough tven if I could write fiction, I couldn’t write British fiction Besides, satire depends upon comic exaggeration, while the deepening scandal involving Rupert Murdoch's News International corporation has far surpassed my puerile imaginings. After all, prostitutes get bumped off every day in this fallen world for a newspaper to exploit the farriilies of kidnapped 13-year old girls, the victims of terrorist attacks and the families of soldiers killed in Iraq and GENE ÜTONS COLUMNIST Afghanistan, however, implies an indifference to human dignity that can only be described as depraved All that and more was apparently done by Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World News International shuttered the weekly tabloid in a transparent attempt to pretend that executives have been shocked by the transgressions of overzealous staffers Meanwhile, The Sun, Murdoch's other London tabloid, obtained the medical records of then-Pnme Minister Gordon Brown's 4 month-old son Brown said that he and his wife were "in tears" upon learning that their infant's cystic fibrosis would decorate the newspaper's front page Brown has accused another Murdoch newspaper, the allegedly respectable Sunday Times, of hiring "known criminals" to rummage through his bank accounts, legal records and tax returns. "If I," Brown has said, "with all the protection and all the defenses and all the security that a chancellor of the Exchequer or a prime minister, am so vulnerable to unscrupulous tactics, to unlawful tactics, methods that have been used in the way we have found, what about the ordinary citizen^" So that's lesson one Privacy in the digital age no longer exists The more fortunate, or, in the case of victims of terrorism or tragedy, the more unfortunate you are, the more your intimate sms and sorrows will be merchandised as infotain ment for the rabble Perhaps British audiences titillated to hear of Prince Charles's wish to become a tampon shouldn’t be so hor-nfied to see innocent crime victims treated as rudely as philandenng anstocrats After all, Murdoch's mm ions may have rationalized, what does it matter why somebody's famous? Fame has no nghts. Even more than his fiercely competitive business practices, It's Murdoch's unspar mgly cynical view of human nature that's made him the most powerful media mogul in the world. Mass audiences respond to voyeurism sex. violence, personal tragedy, and racial and political melo drama. And m Great Britain particularly, people yearn to see the mighty humiliated Nevertheless, the British are horrified. They're out raged about journalists bribing cops, about interfering m murder investigations, about identity theft, and about hacking thousands of cell phones, even as News Inter national executives assured Parliament that a handful of rogue employees were involved (News flash: newspaper staffers can't author ize six-figure payoffs.) Murdoch's cozmess with Tory and Labour politicians alike has become a problem for him and them See. something else people love is the vicarious pleasure of watch mg a cover-up come undone News Internahonal bigshots are face cards, too Promi nent careers wril be ruined powerful people are going to pnson Meanwhile, notice how studiously everybody in ttie United States is concentrât mg on the purely British aspects of the scandaP Mur doch's ruthless: he gets even Besides, a person could end up working for firm However cracks have developed m the trans Atlantic wall Already a for mer New York cop has said News of the World offered him cash to hack the cells of the 9/11 dead Les Hinton, the longtime aide Murdocfi placed m charge of the Wall Street Journal, is among those who gave now-mop erative testimony to Parlia ment m 2007. One bad apple, he said Even Roger Cohen for my money The New York Times' best columnist defends Murdoch's "vision aiy, risk taking détermina tion" even as he deplores the influence of his biggest moneymaker. Fox News "(W)ith Its shnll right wing demagoguery masquerading as news." he wntes. "(Fox has) made a significant con tnbution to the polarization of American politics, the ero sion of reasoned debate, the debunking of reason itself and the ensuing Washing ton paralysis," Apart from having the moral imagmahon of a water moccasin, in other words. Rupert Murdoch's just a ter rific guy Why won't city drop off green waste bags anymore? Not sure who or why. but the city does a fine job to help recycle until recently We get bags for green waste and yard stuff, but no more. My last five bags were not replaced lODAY IN UlSTOKV I called city hall and was told they will not leave bags anymore. Now, we have to go to Recycle Center to get bags Some people will not or cannot get to the Recycle Center, so will green waste be put with regular trash? Gas prices Several months ago. I wrote the Her-ald-Zeitung and called the city street CON rVCT ^ 01 l{ KLKCI'KI) OKHCIALS San Antonio office 600 Navarro. Suite 210 San Antonio /8205 felephone (210)224 7485 Fax (210)224 8569 U S CONGRESSMAN Lamar Smith F^aybum Flouse Office Btnlding ,1 Room 2409 I Ì Washington, DC 20515 §[ II felephone (202) 225-4236 ■ Fax (202) 225 8628 Web http //lamarsmitfi house gov (Send e mails tfirough Web site ) San Antonio office 1100NE loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 telephone (210) 821-5024 Fax (210)821 5947 Henry Cuellar 1404 Lbngworth Mouse Office Building Washington, DC 20515 telephone (202)^254640 ^ Pa»; (202) 225 IMI; Web http //house gov/cuellar San Antonio office 615 E Houston St. San Antonio 78205 telephone (210) 271 2851 fax (210)277 6671 TEXAS GOVERNOR Rick Perry State Capitol, Roorn 2S t PO Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711 teiepfione (800)843 5789 fax (512)463 1849 STATE HOUSE Doug Miller Pm Capitol Office EXT f;1.216 PO Box 2910 *,1 Austin, TX 78768 I Rione (512)463 0325 New Braunfels address 387 W Mill Street New BraunfiBis, TX 78130 Phone (830) 625 1313 John Kuempel Capitol address Room El 208, CapitorExtension PO Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768 -(512)463 0602 (512) 480 0391 Fax Seguin address ;523 E Donegan #102. Seguin, TX 78155 (830)379-8732 snn SENATE Jeff Wentwortfi Capitol office; 1E.9 Capitol phone; (512) 463 0125 San Antonio 1250 N E. Loop 410 Suite 925 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210)826 7800 Fax; (210) 826-0571 E-mail jeff [email protected] state b( us NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S Castell Ave PO Box 311747, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1747 (830)221 4000 Mayor Gale Pospisil [email protected] Telephone: 1830) 629-2447 Oist 1 Councilor Richard Zapata r;apata< Telephone Extension 4501 Disi 2 Councilor Mark Goodner mgoodner<®nbtexas org Telephone Extension 4502 Oist 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra [email protected] org Telephone Extension 4503 DisL 4 Councilor Sandy Nolte [email protected] Telephone Extension 4504 department about the broken sidewalks on Walnut and Pahmeyer froni the creek construction and water trucks I was told by the street department the contractor will fix them That was m November 2010, and the sidewalks will get worse m time not fixed or patched Wayne Putz New Braunfels Oist. 5 Councilor Bryan Miranda bmiranda<®nbtexas org Telephone; (830) 837 51 /8 Oist. 6 Councilor Steven Digges [email protected] org Teiepfione Extension 45(,)6 COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT Comal County Commissioners' Court 199 Main Plaza, New Braunfels (830)221-1100 County Judge Sherman Krause )([email protected] Comal txus Telephone; (830)221-1105 Pet. 1 Comm Oonna Eccleson [email protected] U us telephone; (830) 221'^1101 Pet. 2 Commissioner Scott Haag [email protected] cornal tx us Telephone (830)221-1102 Pet. 3 Commissioner Greg Parker [email protected] Comal tx,us teieptK)ne;;(830) 221; 1103 Pet. 4 Commissioner Jan Kennedy cct)[email protected] coma! tx us Telephone (830)221-1104 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION William 8 Travis Building 1701 N Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701 ;